LSU still dealing with sad ending to great season

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HOOVER, Ala. - LSU safety Eric Reid wore his 2011 Southeastern Conference championship ring to SEC media days Wednesday afternoon, as did quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Coach Les Miles and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left theirs back in Baton Rouge, reflecting the somewhat fractured feeling that remains after last season. LSU posted its first 12-0 regular season in school history before throttling Georgia 42-10 at the SEC title game in early December, but the Tigers were surprisingly shellacked 21-0 a month later by Alabama at the BCS title game in New Orleans.

"You go 13-0 and win the West and win the SEC, and those are tremendous accomplishments," Beckham said while glancing down at his bare hands.